Mandarin Chinese Lower Advanced C1.1 - LA538

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) MRS R Su


This module is for students who studied LA556 or have equivalent proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.


Mandarin Chinese language can be studied at any academic level provided that prerequisites are met.

If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before but you have not taken one of our lower level module, you will need to take a placement test. The test is used as a guide to assess your knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

Placement Test:
Please submit the mark sheet and the questionnaire to the Convenor of the relevant module (their details are on the downloadable documents). The Convenor will contact you for further information if necessary.



The curriculum will focus on ordinary people's lives in China and current affairs and issues around the world.
One topic is covered each week or every two weeks, focusing on:
• new phrases and expressions which are practiced during seminars to improve students understanding of the language and the embedded culture elements.
• formal and colloquial expressions will be introduced to help students develop the four linguistic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to a level where they can confidently understand and convey information about themselves and their environment, and express their feelings and wishes.
• topics relevant to the modern world and contemporary Chinese society will be studied in depth to improve students’ language ability to account for and sustain views clearly by providing relevant explanations and arguments for and against particular points of view.
Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the library and on the Moodle page for self-study.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

• Contact hours: 60 hours
• Private Study hours: 240 hours in total


Core textbook: £15.99 approximately
Chinese in Steps (Volume 4)

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by 60% In-Course Test and 40% Course Assignment.
In-course tests 60%:
1) Speaking 20%, up to 10 minutes,
Students will give a presentation on a topic covered in the module of up to five minutes and have a conversation of up to 5 minutes with the examiner. The conversation topics are related to topics covered in this module.
2) Reading 20%, 45 minutes
3) Writing 20%, 45 minutes
Course assignment 40%: 2 x Written assignments, 20% each
1) Cultural research and writing 1: Autumn term
Students will watch a short video of about 10 minutes in Chinese and paraphrase it in approximately 500 Mandarin Chinese characters.
2) Cultural research and writing 2: Spring term
Students will research a cultural topic drawn from topics studied in this module and will write in 800 characters of Mandarin Chinese demonstrating cultural knowledge and expressing their own opinions. Students also need to complete a self-reflective sheet.

Indicative reading

• Wang, Tao (2016) China Focus?????—????????? ??, China, Beijing Language and Culture University Press

• Liu, Y. H (2006) Reality Chinese: A Multi-Skill Chinese Course for Intermediate and Advanced Students, World Books Publishing Corp.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Use Mandarin Chinese, in 4 skills (Listening, Reading Speaking and Writing), with a proficiency equivalent to lower C1 level (Independent-proficient User) on the CEFR.
1) demonstrate a familiarity with commonly used authentic/colloquial Mandarin Chinese phrases and expressions;
2) demonstrate a strong understanding of standard speech spoken at a normal rate and follow complex lines of argument on familiar topics.
3) demonstrate an understanding of the main points of TV news, current affairs programmes and short films in standard dialect on familiar topics;
4) communicate with a degree of fluency: take an active part in discussions in familiar contexts by providing relevant explanations and arguments to sustain views;
5) demonstrate a deep understanding of the life and multiple cultures of the target language countries.

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